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Pastels Unleashed
Margaret Evans

publisher Search Press
29 January 2014 / ISBN 9781844489084
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you have wanted to learn how to use pastels and discover what they are capable of, here is a book all about it. Hard, soft and pan pastels are all used and you can find out what paper to buy, what else you will need and tips on working indoors and out. You can use them wet to make washes and other effects, or dry of course and you can even mix them, – all of this is covered in the early part of the book. They are certainly more versatile than I ever realized (I didn'’t know you could use them wet for example) so expect the most up-to-date advice. There are six projects to work through to help you get the most out of what you have learned (in here called demonstrations), and subjects range from flowers to landscapes, townscapes and seascapes. Also included is plenty of information about composition, perspective, getting the mood right, working out of doors (in plein air sounds so much better!) and collecting subjects to paint. Anybody like me who thought that pastels were a rather limited medium will find this book instructive.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014